“They’re extremely busy at the moment,” Liya Liu explains to me. Liu would know, as she helped collect, curate and construct the entire exhibit in which we now stand. With WAVELENGTH Liu wanted to look at fashion from outside of a strictly clothing perspective. After studying Fashion Design first at Central Saint Martins (BA) and then at Parsons in New York (MFA), Liu came to realize that fashion did solely revolve around seasonal trends. “It’s also about social engagement; our perception and reflection of the world—about people and everything around us today,” she explains to me during the opening night of the exhibit, her quiet voice barely audible over the music blaring out of the overhead speakers. Liu used her contacts from living in China, London and New York to select 18 artists and designers to display their works as part of WAVELENGTH. “It’s hard when you graduate to get enough money to fund collections,” she says. She wanted to bring the selected artists together to raise awareness about the work they have been producing. Against the backdrop of blank white walls, the emerging talents all challenge the current state of society and popular culture with their thought pieces.